Goat Lake Trail is a 13.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 4, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.8 km Elevation Gain: 644 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Sun May 13 2018

Great hike. Loved the hike. Was very hard, but we took a lot of water and rested often so it all went great. Even got rain when we got at the top.

Sat May 05 2018

Sun Apr 29 2018

One of my top 3 favourite hikes of all time!! Incredible views the whole time! Keep going past the lake up to Avion Ridge. You’ll find a waterfall that you can enjoy on a hot day. Gorgeous spot to have a private lunch as it’s off the main trail to the left. Absolutely gorgeous. So happy we made this home happen before the fire in Waterton.

Fri Apr 27 2018

Starts with a long flat portion, followed by a steep uphill hike. The uphill portion is tough, but mostly because the hike itself is long. We were definitely tired the next day. Some awesome views and waterfalls on the way up, especially with the trees changing colour in the fall. The lake itself was a bit underwhelming tbh but overall still worth it for the rest of the hike.

Mon Oct 23 2017

Loved this hike. Pretty tough, switch backs we're a killer but the views were incredible.

Mon Sep 04 2017

I would say this was moderate-hard. Definitely got the heart rate up once you hit the climb, after a fairly pleasant 3.5 k of pretty easy going. There are a few gorgeous photo ops on the way and the lake is beautiful once you hit the top! I really enjoyed this hike, even tho it was super smoky on hike day.

Sun Sep 03 2017

Worth every step there's a waterfall near the top off the path id recomend taking the sketchy chance and climbing down me and my dogs did it.... Also depending on the time of year pack water for the dogs lots of the creeks were dried up by sept 1

Thu Aug 17 2017

Easy hike for the first 4.5km, after the turn off it's straight up but worth it with views of the valley and the clear water lake.

Wed Aug 09 2017

Hard is accurate. the 1st third isn't too bad but when you get to the cliff face portion the trail is narrow and crosses loose rock and soil. Then steep switchbacks to the top and into the lake. Beautiful lake and nice camping sites.

Tue Aug 08 2017

A gruelling 2.5 uphill! Was tough with our backcountry packs on, but worth it once you get to the top! Great views when you get up past the tree line, and amazing view up Avion Ridge once you get to the lake. Great little campground as well.

Mon Jul 24 2017

From the point on the main trail to where the trail to Goat Lake begins is easy. The trail from there is shale and switch backs and a narrow mountain pass that is tricky with full packs on. There are some areas that have tall grass and plants and the views are beautiful. Probably best as a day hike and not with 15kg of gear on your back in 30 degree heat.

Sun Jun 25 2017

This hike offers a little bit of everything. First half of the hike is flat and easy, meandering through lush forest. The second half is more gruelling, traversing fairly straight up through grassy areas until you arrive at a shale switch back. Be sure to wear good shoes. You'll be treated with gorgeous views, a stunning waterfall, and a beautiful lake at the top.

Fri Jun 09 2017

This trail wasn't really hard, just long. I loved it! Beautiful as it stays near the lake most of the time. I can't wait to do it again.

Sun Mar 22 2015

Easy hike from the Red Rock Canyon Parking lot. It is across the bridge and shares the same trail as Vimy Ridge and Twin Lakes I believe, you cut off earlier to the north to go to Goat Lake. It is marked easy just pay attention. It then proceeds to do steeper switchbacks. It is a little difficult at this point for the average person. Plan on this being a day hike, but always start earlier in the day if you can. Pretty lake at the top. Hiked in July and there was still ice chunks in the lake. Good fishing too apparently just get a park fishing license.

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